Former Howell superintendent Chuck Breiner has new job – as the head of a union

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For years, he was on the other side of the table from the union. And now, he’s on their side.

Former Howell Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Breiner, whose rocky and highly controversial tenure in Howell ended in 2008, has a new job in Florida as the head of a union. Earlier this month, Breiner was named executive director of the Charlotte County School Support Personnel Association. It’s the bargaining unit for non-instructional personnel in the Charlotte County School District in Port Charlotte, Fla., on the state’s gulf coast.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Breiner has been in Florida since leaving Howell in 2008, working in the Charlotte County schools. He started as an interim principal in 2009 and later became head of Human Resources.

His 13-year tenure in the Howell Public School district, which ran from 1995 to 2008, was an extremely rocky one, particularly when he served as superintendent from 1999 to 2008. His signature accomplishment at the time was convincing the community to pass a bond issue to build a second high school in the district – a school that Howell ended up not needing.

Breiner was also embroiled in a number of other controversies during his tenure, including a mandate that limited the amount of religious music that could be played at school concerts; a decision to ban political debates from school buildings; and an alleged sexual assault on a school bus that wasn’t immediately reported.

His time in Howell ended when the board reached a deal to buy out his contract in 2008.

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